I Only Look Expensive

October 16, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Box-Braids-Leather-Pencil-Skirt-Shoemint-4This may come as shock to some people, but, I’m not wealthy or well-off—not even close. In the last year, I’ve really had to buckle down financially, and I haven’t been able to buy things as carelessly, and frivolously as I once did. It can be annoying at times, but, I look at it like a challenge more than a burden. I get a lot of compliments on my clothes and shoes choices, and often times, people assume that everything I own is designer, or really expensive. I can assure you, that that’s not the case, at all.

This look is basically an ode to the Classics, as I like to call them, they are the building blocks of my wardrobe, essentially. They can make anyone look just as good, or expensive. I think something like a trench coat, simple shirt, skirt, and the right heels can go a long way. These are the kind of pieces that have longevity in my closet, and can be mixed and matched with other pieces in as many different ways as I can think of. I think the key for looking really put together is getting the basics down, and serving it with a whole lot of confidence.

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Eye, Lips, & Face: My Every Day Makeup Essentials

October 13, 2014

The-Glossier-Fashion-Beauty-Makeup-Blogger-Nars-Mac-Cosmetics-Hourglass-Make-Up-For-Ever-Ruby-Woo-Lipstick-Blush-Girly-Essentials-5Despite having a ton of different makeup in my stash, I find that I am drawn to the same few products on a daily basis—I guess it’s similar to having a closet full of clothes, and only wearing the same things over and over again. Now that I’m a little more busy, I don’t have as much time to get done up in the morning, as I did before, so I had to switch up my routine to something that I could do as quickly as possible; I’ve been really into that whole no-makeup-makeup thing, and the following products are what I use to achieve this look effortlessly.
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Tartan Is The New Black

October 9, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Box-Braids-Varsity-Letter-W-Tartan-Pants-Zara-Forever-21-H&M-2“Tartan? For Fall? Groundbreaking.”

As non-revolutionary as breaking out Tartan in the Fall may seem, I just can’t get enough. Some things come around every season, without fail, because they are classics. Tartan is something that I never get tired of seeing, and I especially love seeing how people interpret this pattern into their wardrobes. Tartan can come in an array of different color combinations, but, my all time favorite color combo is blue and green. These ankle pants (from Zara) are a staple in my closet come Fall/Winter, ever since I bought them a couple of years ago; I find that they work well with a plethora of different looks: they can be preppy, punk, conservative, flirty, etc., and I love that I’m able to switch it up, if I wanted to. Some people might find dressing in tartan tricky, but, honestly, treat it almost like a neutral, and you can wear it with whatever you want!

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Officer On Deck

October 6, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Box-Braids-Combat-Boots-Green-Dress-Asos-4If there’s one thing I enjoy more than dressing like a boy, it’s incorporating military-inspired attire into my looks. Fun fact about me: I am kind of obsessed with the military—history of wars, weapons, vehicles, and especially the uniforms! Back in High School, I was even in NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, for those not familiar with the abbreviation), and it was one of my most favorite activities. I’m not sure why I signed up for the class in the first place, probably because all of my friends did it, but, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my adolescence. NJROTC taught me many skills, like leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and pride in my personal appearance. Everyone pretty much hated their uniforms (we had to wear them to school once a week, for a grade), but I loved it. It wasn’t the most fun thing in the world, wearing a polyester shirt and pants and uncomfortable shoes all day, but, it was what it was—either wear the uniform correctly, or fail. Since I was kind of a nerd, failing wasn’t an option. Attention to details is what passed or failed you on Uniform Day; everyone had the same white shirt, and black pants, the difference was, some people had grimy ring-around-the-collar, non-pressed pants, white socks, non-polished shoes, crooked ribbons and name tags, or no cover (hat); I never understood why it was so hard for people to prepare themselves for this one assignment, that reoccured weekly—but, then again, it was high school, and getting teenagers to care about anything other than themselves, is a feat in and of itself.

My brain is basically wired for extreme attention to detail, and I think that’s why I did so well in that class—I eventually made my way to being an Officer, and in Senior year, I was this close to actually enlisting in the Navy—but, my friend Ashley got me interested in going to art school, which seemed like a lot more fun.

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Not So Basic

September 22, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Chinatown-Shop-With-Chevy-Maxi-Shirt-Box-Braids-1This weekend, I attended the #ShopWithChevy x Outfitted event in DC—it was half pop up shop, half happy hour for some of DC’s most stylish people. I wore this outfit consisting of a maxi shirt (which I scored at a store called, Chocolate), my favorite DIY distressed jeans, and white heels by Shoemint. I accessorized with plenty of gold rings, and my latest obsession—this to-die-for camera bag by Ona Bags! I love that it looks nothing like a traditional camera bag, and it’s just got a really beautiful, classic design that will work with pretty much anything in my wardrobe. I will definitely go more in depth on this bag later, but, until then, you can check out my Chelsea bag, and more of their lovely camera bags here. Continue Reading…

The Glossier And The City: NYC x VSCO Diary

September 15, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-NYC-Capsule-Show-VSCOcam-1Saturday was such a whirlwind, one minute I’m in DC, and the next minute I’m in New York, exploring the Capsule Show, and the city itself. I love New York, every time I visit, I just get so taken in by its unique vibe, and energy. I always feel so motivated to work hard when I’m here, too, there’s just this sense that everyone is hustling—even on the weekends. We lucked out and came on a day where it was really overcast (and eventually rainy), which makes everything look even more dramatic than it already is; it’s really hard to not fall in love with NYC when it looks like this. We walked much of the city, got rained on, and despite tired bodies, and especially tired feet, I couldn’t have had a better Saturday. We brought along so many different cameras, but these images were all taken on my iPhone, and processed with VSCOcam, my favorite photo-editing app. These are just a quick glimpse at our day—but, definitely stay tuned for another NYC post, where I go over the Capsule Show more in-depth!Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-NYC-Capsule-Show-VSCOcam-2 Continue Reading…

New Look

September 13, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Jeffrey-Campbell-Lindy-All-Black-2Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last post, and it’s just because I’ve been bouncing all over the place lately, and I totally didn’t have time to write posts—despite have tons of content on my hands. I’m working on quite a few projects currently, both personal, and for other people, so it’s been kind of hard to balance so many things at once; nonetheless, my blog, and all of you guys reading it, are super important to me, and I want to make sure that I keep up with it the best I can! One of the major things on my To Do list recently, was a site redesign—as some of you might have noticed, my site was down for a few days this past week, and that was so that I could work on the new design of my blog!

I’m totally in love this new design—I think it’s still really true to my original blog, with a clean and minimal layout, but, I find that the Devil is in the detail, and this new design is much more easy for me to update, has a much more elegant appearance, and hopefully, it will more easy for you to navigate. I still have some changes to make here and there, so, things might look even more different as weeks go by. But, for now, I’m really happy with the redesign—oh, how I love change! Continue Reading…

Game Day Style

September 3, 2014

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Fanatics recently challenged myself and a few other fashion bloggers to create our perfect Game Day looks; of course, I opted for the cute-but-casual category, because, I feel like that’s the only way to truly enjoy watching a baseball game. I’ve been able to see the Washington Nats play a few times, and I absolutely love the atmosphere in the stadium—it’s so laid-back, and fun; I find it’s a lot more interesting to watch in person, than it is on tv.

For my look, I chose a pair of black distressed skinnies, muscle tee, and flannel (for tying around the waist, or, for wearing if you get chilly)— I paired this look with classic all-white Converse high tops, and for a splash of interest, I went with a leopard print crossbody bag. I love mixing prints, and leopard print and flannel checks are one of my favorite combos! I topped it all off with the Washington Nationals Clean-Up Adjustable hat in Navy Blue, because, I love the distressed, casual feel that it adds to the look. When you’re at Nats stadium, you’ll definitely need a hat, and a pair of sunnies, like these cute foldable Wayfarers by Ray-Ban.

This is definitely a look that I’d rock on Game Day (or any day), it’s just edgy enough that it fits my personal style, but, it also incorporates lots of Natitude, and we can’t forget about that!

What about you guys, what’s your perfect Game Day look?

xx,

Tasha

Top: Here // Hat: Here // Jeans: Here // Flannel: Here // Sunnies: Here // Shoes: Here // Bag: Here

Beso Del Sol Sangria Review + Recipe

September 3, 2014

Tasha-James-The-Glossier-Fashion-Style-Beauty-Lifestyle-Blogger-DC-Arlington-Top-Streetstyle-Editorial-Sangria-Beso-Del-Sol-8Labor Day may have signified the end of summer for some people, but, for me, I know there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy these final weeks before it’s officially Autumn. One quintessential aspect of summer is definitely sangria, and the people over at Beso Del Sol were kind enough to send me a huge box to sample! Now, before some of you gasp in horror at the prospect of drinking boxed wine, I have to say, this is actually one of the better wines that I’ve tried within the $20 price range—admittedly, I’m not picky when it comes to wine, typically, when someone pours me a glass, I drink it. That being said, I do know what I like, and having tried quite a few sangrias over the years, this one definitely ranks highly in my books. Continue Reading…